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Lynn Hunt And The American Revolution

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The American Revolution was seen by many as a win for enlightenment ideas. The American colonies wanted a republic government and not a monarchy like many European countries. Lynn Hunt writes in The Making of the West, “…they denied that Parliament had any jurisdiction over the colonies, insisting that the king govern them through colonial legislatures and recognize their traditional British liberties” (Hunt, 589). The colonies did not have representation in parliament. This caused them to rebel against many of the taxes that were issued. They felt that if they could not vote then they should not have to follow the laws. Eventually fighting began and the Declaration of Independence was issued. The French Revolution began because the people
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